Friday, October 19, 2012

Paris: Île de la Cité and the Latin Quarter

As usual, click on any picture to see a larger version.

A friend has been visiting from the US and we went walking around Île de la Cité and the Latin Quarter. I've been working so much that I've not had much of a chance to be a tourist here. I had an absolute blast walking around. What follows are some of the pictures from our walk. I really wish I had the money to live in this area rather than the outskirts, as this is the Paris I have dreamt of since I was 13. However, I can afford the two-bedrooms with a garden that I currently enjoy. It's a luxury few Parisians have.

The statue of Charlemagne in front of Notre Dame is a fantastic reminder of the history you can find here that you simply won't find in the US. After the fall of the Roman Empire, Charlemagne united France (the "Frankish" kingdom) and other areas as the first European emperor since the Roman collapse. This was in the late 700s, early 800s, well over a thousand years ago. Charlemagne united Western Europe and spread Christianity (by the sword, naturally) throughout.

The statue of Charlemagne
in front of Notre Dame.

Notre Dame. Construction started in 1163. It
allegedly houses Christ's crown of thorns.

Crucifix inside Notre Dame

Many padlocks on bridges have names
and dates, proclaiming a couple's love.

Notre Dame.

A quiet alley in Paris.

A monument celebrating St. Julien le Pauvre

Your author at Shakespeare and Company, one
of the most famous bookstores in the world.

A beautiful street in
the Latin Quarter.

Don't look too closely at
what's for dinner.

Embarrassed to say that I have
forgotten this fountain's name.
Update: Per Rafael (in the comments), the fountain above is Fontaine Saint-Michel.

Institut de France. L'Académie française
is headquartered here.

My friend having a blast outside the Louvre.

Paris: a mixture of old and new.


  1. The fountain is the Fontaine Saint-Michel.

    1. Thanks Rafael. I've added a link to it above.

  2. It's nice to see the Latin Quarter has been tarted up so well. We stayed in a grotty hotel on the Ile de la Cite in 1970 ($10 a night, from memory), and the Latin Quarter on the Left Bank was a bit of a slum - at least, what we saw of it. VERY exotic, with plenty of cheap Arab restaurants. The people in your photo wouldn't have dared walk there. How things change.